Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the results of Sunday's Upper House election show that the people of Japan want political stability. He stressed his commitment to pursuing his political and diplomatic agenda, including possibly amending the Constitution.
Abe noted that the ruling coalition won 71 seats, or a majority. He said it was able to receive a strong public mandate to push forward with efforts to build a better country in the Reiwa era, which started this year, on a stable political foundation.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the results of Sunday's Upper House election show that the people of Japan want political stability. In a news conference, he stressed his commitment to pursuing his political and diplomatic agenda including possibly amending the Constitution.
Abe said, "The ruling coalition gained 71 seats, well over a majority of the contested seats. The voters sent us a strong message to build the nation in the new Reiwa era on the solid political base."
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will not appeal a court ruling that ordered it to pay damages to families of former patients of Hansen's disease.
The Kumamoto District Court in southwestern Japan ordered the central government on June 28 to pay about 3.5 million dollars in damages in a lawsuit filed by more than 500 plaintiffs across the country.
The leaders of Japan and Turkey say they will work together to bring about stability in the Middle East, as tensions over Iran's nuclear program increase.
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Tokyo on Monday, after they attended the G20 summit in Osaka over the weekend.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Russian President Vladimir Putin sat down after the G20 summit and pledged to continue negotiations towards a peace treaty. The sticking point has been a disagreement over four Russian-held islands claimed by Japan.
After the talks, Abe said, "Nobody understands better than President Vladimir Putin and I that strengthening Japan-Russia relations is strategically important, and that concluding a peace treaty will greatly enhance our bilateral ties.
Leaders at the G20 summit have wrapped up their 2-day meeting with a joint declaration. As the summit chair, Japan's prime minister hailed the efforts of national heads to work together toward global growth and confront risks to prosperity.
The meeting took place amid growing protectionist sentiment in the US and some other countries.
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat down for talks with US President Donald Trump. Abe started out by asking Donald Trump for support to make the G20 a success.
Abe said, "At this G20 summit, I want to send out a strong message to the world about our commitment to helping solve the challenges the international community is facing, such as sustainably developing the global economy. I believe cooperation between Japan and the United States is essential for such an effort."
World leaders are gathering in Osaka for the two-day G20 summit. Besides the formal sessions, bilateral talks between key leaders on the sidelines are also generating a lot of attention. One of them was Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's meeting with US President Donald Trump.
At the onset of the talks, Abe said, "I'd like to welcome President Trump to Osaka. This visit for G20 follows my visit to the United States in April, and the President's visit to Japan as a state guest in May. Such frequent mutual visit by the leaders of the two countries in such a short span of time is the evidence of how robust Japan-US alliance is. I'd like to express my gratitude once again last month, as the first state guest to Japan in the new era of Reiwa.